moreClaremore, Missouri and Meltons: Full Circle in Claremore

agrobbuildingAlmost two years ago, my brother and I decided that we loved Claremore. This wasn’t something new, but it was time to set out to let everyone know how wonderful our community is.

We had hosted ZipperQ (a super cool event that you should all come to on October 3rd at the Claremore Expo) and fell in love with the town we grew up in in a different way. For all of Claremore’s problems (and I promise I think I’ve heard them all), we have so much going for us. There are tons of events, businesses, and positive people living all right here with us.

My brother, Robert Melton, spent many a night learning how to build the website platform we currently use. He had quite a bit of website knowledge, but this little project was a doozie. He learned to build the platform to make the website the hub and push out to facebook, twitter, or whatever is next in our social media existence.

Stories. Then came the stories. To date, we have posted 1,743 stories on the website.

staffbuildingWe grew in October 2013 and added our first full-time staffer, Ashley May Orf. She is now the lifeblood of positive energy in the Claremore community. This girl puts a positive spin on our daily lives and I couldn’t be more grateful to have her aboard.

Then came Travis. Travis Peck, a local Claremoron like ourselves, sent probably the best email I’ve ever gotten. The title line read: You need me!

Robert and I had never personally met Travis, but his intriguing email led to conversations and bringing Travis on board. He was right. We did need him!

Most recently, we’ve added Mark Friedel to our talent pool to bring you even more positive Claremore stories.

While we have been based at the Innovation Center on RSU’s campus for the last two years, it has come time for us to say good-bye to our first home.

We looked at several locations, trying to find the best fit for our little website office home. Guess what?? We found it!

115 N. Missouri will be the new home of

It’s going to take a lot of elbow grease, guys, but it’s all going to be worth it.

IMG_2906This EXACT SAME location was where my and Robert’s great-grandfather, George Melton, started his first grocery store in Claremore. Our family has been on Missouri Street in downtown Claremore since 1929. I am so excited to have this historic location come full circle to our family.

buildingpaintSo, if you see us working, feel free to stop by and say hi. Maybe even join in. We’ve got a long way to go, but will update you all on the progress along the way.

Thanks for all of the love and we are looking forward to growing more in Claremore.










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